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Industry News

Learning, Leading and Cattle Feeding

December 08, 2019 Industry News ASA
ASA’s Steer Profitability Competition bridges the gap from making herd genetic selection decisions to sending calves to slaughter. | From ranch to rail, understanding the larger picture of how each section of the beef cattle industry interrelates can be…

The “Why” Behind Whole Herd Reporting

December 03, 2019 Industry News ASA
By Jackie Atkins, Ph.D. | The American Simmental Association (ASA) launched the whole herd reporting system called, Total Herd Enrollment (THE), in April of 1999. Twenty years later, THE remains at the center of thorough data reporting to fuel the genetic…

International Genetic Solutions Welcomes Newest Partner

The International Genetic Solutions (IGS) has recently welcomed its newest partner, Neogen® Corporation, to better serve seedstock and commercial beef cattle operations across a wide array of breeds. The partnership combines IGS, the world’s largest beef cattle genetic evaluation, with Neogen, the world’s largest agricultural genotyping company, to better service the beef cattle industry with better genetic decisions. “The mission of IGS is to leverage science, technology, and collaboration to improve the profitability of commercial cattle producers. Bringing Neogen in as an IGS partner is a natural extension of the mission of IGS,” says Wade Shafer, American Simmental Association (ASA) Executive Vice President. “This clearly positions serious, profit-focused beef producers to take advantage of the most credible and capable genetic awareness effort in the beef business.”

IGS is a global, unprecedented collaboration between progressive breed associations and companies across the US, Canada, and Australia that are committed to enhancing beef industry profitability. The collaboration encompasses education, technological advancement, and genetic evaluation. Through collaboration, IGS has become the largest beef cattle evaluation in the world.

Neogen Corporation develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. Neogen’s Animal Safety Division is a leader in the development of animal genomics along with the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal healthcare products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care and disinfectants.

Whether a seedstock operation is looking for a home or a commercial herd is looking to make more informed decisions, the IGS and Neogen partnership promises to empower beef producers to make the best genetic selection and mating decisions.

One of the first partnership developments is the enhancement of the Igenity Beef Profile, a global commercial genetic testing product to help make selection and breeding decisions on non-descript cattle. “As part of this partnership, Neogen will benefit from access to information that will improve the Igenity Beef Profile, and IGS will endorse and promote the use of the product — an important ‘seal of approval’ from one of the largest genetic evaluation services in the world,” said Dr. Stewart Bauck, Neogen’s Vice President of Agrigenomics. “As the beef industry continues to face pressure from competing sources of protein, the Igenity Beef Profile is a valuable tool to help our customers remain efficient and profitable. Selecting the best animals for breeding programs is now absolutely critical. Each replacement heifer represents an investment of about $2,000 per head in cost of development and lost sale opportunity.”

IGS delivers the most credible, objectively described, user-friendly and science-based genetic predictions to enhance the profitability of beef cattle producers who look to leverage the full power of expected progeny differences (EPDs). The continued Research and Development with IGS breed associations will push the envelope in building better predictions and improvements in DNA technology.
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